Lakeland cruises to doubleheader sweep
Athletics - posted on 4/28/2010
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a sweep of Wisconsin Lutheran, 12-2 (eight innings) and 11-0 (seven innings), on Wednesday in a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader at Wildwood Park.
After a pair of heart-breaking setbacks yesterday at Concordia, Wis., the Muskies were dominant in all facets of the game in the twin bill.
In Game 2, the Muskies pounded out three home runs, including junior Brad Young's three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to end the contest via the 10-run mercy rule.
Junior Andrew Schartner (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) and sophomore Stephen Kalina (Lake Villa, Ill.) also went deep for Lakeland (17-15 overall, 8-8 NAC), which pounded out 29 hits in the two games.
"Our hitters were more selective today on pitches they could drive," Lakeland coach Chris Thousand said. "(Starting pitcher) Garrett (Morris) also did a great job today and pitched with a lot of confidence."
Morris (3-2) tossed a complete-game shutout, the first of his career. The Janesville, Wis., native held the Warriors (8-23, 4-12) to six hits and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth to give the Muskies a shot at ending the game early.
"The key was getting ahead in the count," Morris said. "They are aggressive with the first pitch, so I really focused on locating that first pitch. Good hitting also makes a pitcher's job very easy ... I was able to pound the strike zone."
Young (West Bend, Wis.) led the way with three hits, two runs scored and four RBIs. Kalina and sophomore Jess Nickel (Waupun, Wis.) each knocked in a pair of runs.
The first game, which was also stopped due to the 10-run mercy rule when the Muskies scored in the bottom of the eighth, was continued from last Saturday, when it was rained out through five innings with Lakeland leading 11-2.
Eight of the nine players in the Muskie batting order had at least one hit and one RBI, including junior David Novak (Algoma, Wis.), who recorded a team-high four hits to go along with an RBI and two runs scored. Junior Ryan Polizzi (Woodstock, Ill.) and freshman Cody Riemer (Marion, Wis.) knocked in two runs apiece.
After surrendering a solo home run in each of his first two innings, freshman pitcher Andy Chitwood (Muscoda, Wis.) settled down and surrendered just two earned runs in five innings of work to pick up his fourth win of the season. Polizzi pitched the final three innings to record his first career save.
Lakeland tallied four runs each in the third and fourth innings to take control of the contest early. Wisconsin Lutheran totaled 11 hits but left nine men on base.
The Muskies return to action Saturday against Maranatha Baptist. First pitch at Lakeland is set for 12 p.m.
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